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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317569/oral-fungal-infections-diagnosis-and-management
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David R Telles, Niraj Karki, Michael W Marshall
Oral and maxillofacial fungal infections can appear in high-risk patients, including those immunocompromised. This article explores common oral manifestations of fungal infections in the oral cavity as primary lesions or as a result of disseminated disease. By far the most common oral fungal infection experienced in dentistry is oral candidiasis, which is reviewed in depth from simple oral infections to invasive candidiasis. The review aids the dental practitioner in understanding the full scope of Candida infections and other fungal infections...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228898/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-with-multifocal-musculoskeletal-disease-involvement
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Michael F McConnell, Ann Shi, Todd M Lasco, Luke Yoon
We report a rare case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with multifocal musculoskeletal involvement. The patient presented to the emergency department with left shoulder pain and swelling. Magnetic resonance imaging of the left shoulder revealed enhancing soft tissue masses, bony lesions, and fluid collections in and around the glenohumeral joint with involvement of the proximal humerus, glenoid, and rotator cuff musculature. Multiple additional areas of involvement were subsequently discovered. Fungal cultures confirmed coccidioidomycosis infection at all surgical sites with superimposed polymicrobial bacterial infection in the left shoulder...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166146/bone-scan-pet-ct-and-mri-in-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis
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John Randolph Dryden, Michael David Starsiak, Mickaila James Johnston, Eugene David Silverman
Coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) is a systemic fungal infection resulting from inhalation of the Coccidioides immitis or posadasii spores. In many cases, infection causes a self-limited community-acquired pneumonia; however, in patients with risk factors, such as immunosuppression or African or Pacific Island ancestry, significant morbidity and mortality from disseminated disease may occur. Presented here are comparative images using Tc-MDP bone scan, F-FDG PET/CT, and MRI. Each demonstrates particular strengths, which aid in assessing the extent of systemic involvement of a biopsy-proven case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis...
February 3, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143444/peritoneal-and-genital-coccidioidomycosis-in-an-otherwise-healthy-danish-female-a-case-report
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Ole Bæk, Karen Astvad, Reza Serizawa, Lawrence J Wheat, Pia T Brenøe, Ann-Brit E Hansen
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that usually presents as a primary lung infection. The fungus is endemic to the Southwest United States of America, northern Mexico and parts of Central and South America the infection is rare outside these areas. However, some patients develop disseminated infection that can lie dormant for several years and can present itself in travelers. We report the first case of extra pulmonary Coccidioidomycosis in a non-immunocompromised individual in Denmark...
January 31, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098554/risk-factors-for-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-united-states
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Camila D Odio, Beatriz E Marciano, John N Galgiani, Steven M Holland
Of 150,000 new coccidioidomycosis infections that occur annually in the United States, ≈1% disseminate; one third of those cases are fatal. Immunocompromised hosts have higher rates of dissemination. We identified 8 patients with disseminated coccidioidomycosis who had defects in the interleukin-12/interferon-γ and STAT3 axes, indicating that these are critical host defense pathways.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053850/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-presenting-with-intramedullary-spinal-cord-abscesses-management-challenges
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Kristina L Bajema, Mark F Dalesandro, David N Fredricks, Meena Ramchandani
Coccidioides species are endemic to the southwestern United States and typically cause a mild or asymptomatic primary infection. In some instances, infection can disseminate and involve the central nervous system with meningitis being the most common manifestation. Non-osseous spinal cord involvement is exceedingly rare. We report a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis in an otherwise healthy 20 year old man with diffuse leptomeningeal enhancement, cerebrospinal fluid findings suggestive of meningitis, and intramedullary spinal cord abscesses...
March 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053216/enhanced-antibody-detection-and-diagnosis-of-coccidioidomycosis-with-the-miravista-igg-and-igm-detection-enzyme-immunoassay
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Joshua Malo, Eric Holbrook, Tirdad Zangeneh, Chris Strawter, Eyal Oren, Ian Robey, Heidi Erickson, Racquel Chahal, Michelle Durkin, Cindy Thompson, Susan E Hoover, Neil M Ampel, L Joseph Wheat, Kenneth S Knox
Coccidioidomycosis is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia in areas of the southwestern United States in which the disease is endemic. Clinical presentations range from self-limited disease to severe disseminated disease. Therefore, early and accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure appropriate treatment and monitoring. Currently available diagnostic tests have variable accuracy, particularly in certain patient populations, and new tests may offer improved accuracy for the diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903576/first-reported-case-of-peroneal-tenosynovitis-caused-by-coccidioides-immitis-successfully-treated-with-fluconazole
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Aneela Majeed, Waqas Ullah, Auon Abbas Hamadani, Anca Georgescu
Coccidioidomycosis is an insidious infection caused by Coccidioides spp (C. immitis and C. posadasii). Disseminated disease occasionally involves tendon sheaths and synovium of the joints leading to tenosynovitis. Here, we describe the case of a 72-year-old woman from southern Arizona, who presented with right ankle pain, redness and swelling for 2 months. Her serum IgG was positive for C. immitis on complement fixation, and her MRI of the right ankle joint showed extensive tenosynovitis of the right peroneal tendons, and subtalar joint effusions with associated synovitis...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744308/ast-to-alt-ratio-is-elevated-in-disseminated-histoplasmosis-as-compared-to-localized-pulmonary-disease-and-other-endemic-mycoses
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Andrej Spec, Christopher R Barrios, Usama Ahmad, Laurie A Proia
Severe pulmonary or disseminated histoplasmosis often necessitates presumptive antifungal treatment while awaiting definitive diagnosis. Histoplasma antigen assays have improved sensitivity but results may lag up to 7 days. In order to increase diagnostic certainty, "soft clues" may be looked for in laboratory and radiologic data, such as elevated alkaline phosphatase or ferritin levels and findings of mediastinal adenopathy or hepatosplenomegaly. To determine if elevated aspartate aminotransferase (AST) to alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ratio is specific to histoplasmosis or a non-specific marker for disseminated fungal infection or sepsis in general, we retrospectively examined records of all patients diagnosed with an endemic fungal infection (EFI) at Rush University Medical Center from January of 1997 to October of 2012, and a cohort of septic patients with elevated liver enzymes...
October 14, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740893/coccidioidomycosis-surgical-issues-and-implications
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Joseph D Forrester, Haiwei Henry Guo, Thomas G Weiser
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, commonly called "valley fever," "San Joaquin fever," "desert fever," or "desert rheumatism," is a multi-system illness caused by infection with Coccidioides fungi (C. immitis or C. posadasii). This organism is endemic to the desert Southwest regions of the United States and Mexico and to parts of South America. The manifestations of infection occur along a spectrum from asymptomatic to mild self-limited fever to severe disseminated disease. METHODS: Review of the English-language literature...
December 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724885/the-habitat-of-coccidioides-spp-and-the-role-of-animals-as-reservoirs-and-disseminators-in-nature
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María Del Rocío Reyes-Montes, María Ameyali Pérez-Huitrón, Jorge Luis Ocaña-Monroy, María Guadalupe Frías-De-León, Erick Martínez-Herrera, Roberto Arenas, Esperanza Duarte-Escalante
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, a potentially fatal fungal infection, is considered an emergent mycotic disease because of the increased incidence of fungal infections registered over recent years. Infection occurs through the inhalation of arthroconidia from two main species of Coccidioides: Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii, which are both endemic to arid and semi-arid regions of North America. Coccidioides species not only infect humans but can also infect other mammals (land, aquatic, wild or domestic), reptiles and birds...
October 10, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27617214/rare-dysuria-prostatic-abscess-due-to-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis
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Pedram Ansari Pirsaraei, Kareem Tabsh, Jacob Lentz
We present a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with formation of a prostatic abscess in a 28-year-old diabetic male. Though rare, Coccidiodes prostatitis should be included in the differential for patients who have spent time in endemic areas and present with prostatitis or other genitourinary tract symptoms, especially in the setting of immunocompromise. The small number of Coccidiodes prostatitis cases described in the literature previously are reviewed, along with a wider discussion of coccidioidomycosis...
November 2016: Urology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27558179/cerebrospinal-fluid-1-3-beta-d-glucan-testing-is-useful-in-diagnosis-of-coccidioidal-meningitis
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David A Stevens, Yonglong Zhang, Malcolm A Finkelman, Demosthenes Pappagianis, Karl V Clemons, Marife Martinez
Diagnosing coccidioidal meningitis (CM) can be problematic owing to its infrequency and/or a delay in the positivity of a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture or CSF antibody, particularly if the primary coccidioidal infection is unrecognized. We tested 37 CSF specimens, 26 from patients with confirmed CM and 11 from patients with suspected microbial meningitis without fungal diagnosis, for (1,3)-beta-glucan (BG). BG in CM CSF specimens ranged from 18 to 3,300 pg/ml and in controls ranged from <3.9 to 103 pg/ml...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27492230/coccidioidomycosis-in-patients-with-selected-solid-organ-cancers-a-case-series-and-review-of-medical-literature
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Colin Fitterer, Zachary Berg, Thorvardur R Halfdanarson, Holenarasipur R Vikram, Shimon Kusne, Robert Orenstein, Maria Teresa Seville, Janis E Blair
Coccidioidomycosis is a common infection in the desert southwestern USA; approximately 3 % of healthy persons in Arizona alone become infected annually. Coccidioidomycosis may be severe in immunocompromised persons, but experience among patients with solid organ cancer has not been fully described. Therefore, we aimed to describe the clinical courses of patients whose cancers were complicated by coccidioidomycosis at our institution, which is located in an area with endemic Coccidioides. To do so, we conducted a retrospective review from January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2014, of all patients with breast, colorectal, or ovarian cancer whose cancer courses were complicated by coccidioidomycosis...
December 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27453596/coccidioidomycosis-associated-deaths-in-california-2000-2013
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Gail L Sondermeyer, Lauren A Lee, Debra Gilliss, Duc J Vugia
The number of cases of coccidioidomycosis and associated hospitalizations increased in California during 2000-2013. During that period, a total of 1,098 death records listed coccidioidomycosis as a cause, averaging 78 deaths annually (range: 43-108). The death rate peaked in 2006 and was significantly higher among males than among females, among African American patients than among white patients, and among residents of the coccidioidomycosis-endemic region of California than among residents of the less endemic regions (p<0...
July 2016: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27413765/donor-derived-coccidioides-immitis-endocarditis-and-disseminated-infection-in-the-setting-of-solid-organ-transplantation
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Joanna K Nelson, Genevieve Giraldeau, Jose G Montoya, Stan Deresinski, Dora Y Ho, Michael Pham
Background.  Endocarditis is a rare manifestation of infection with Coccidioides. This is the first reported case of donor-derived Coccidioides endocarditis obtained from a heart transplant. Methods.  We present a unique case of donor-derived Coccidioides immitis endocarditis and disseminated infection in a heart transplant patient. We also conducted a review of the literature to identify other cases of donor-derived coccidioidomycosis in solid organ transplant recipients and reviewed their clinical characteristics...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27397725/retrospective-analysis-of-cutaneous-lesions-in-23-canine-and-17-feline-cases-of-coccidiodomycosis-seen-in-arizona-usa-2009-2015
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Diana M Simões, Sharon M Dial, Kimberly S Coyner, Anthea E Schick, Thomas P Lewis
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease caused by the dimorphic saprophytic fungus Coccidioides immitis or C. posadasii. Primary pulmonary infection can disseminate to cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues, or less commonly direct cutaneous inoculation may occur. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To characterize the historical, clinical, diagnostic and treatment findings in dogs and cats with cutaneous manifestation of coccidioidomycosis. ANIMALS: Twenty three dogs and seventeen cats diagnosed between 2009 and 2015 in Arizona, USA...
October 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27319963/primary-cutaneous-coccidioidomycosis-presenting-as-a-recurrent-preauricular-cyst
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Shayna C Rivard, Elizabeth Satter
A 31-year-old Filipino active duty marine presented with a 2-year history of a waxing and waning nodule on his left cheek that had been incised and drained on multiple occasions. The patient had no significant medical history other than a positive purified protein derivative test with negative chest x-ray finding treated with a 9-month course of isoniazid in 2010. He denied cough, fever, chills, night sweats, weight loss, joint/bone pain, or prior trauma to the area. On initial examination, there was a 1×1-cm erythematous indurated nodule associated with an overlying violaceous scar on his left preauricular cheek...
2016: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27313922/coccidioides-immitis-cervical-lymphadenitis-complicated-by-esophageal-fistula
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Michael Loudin, Daniel R Clayburgh, Morgan Hakki
Coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) is caused by the dimorphic fungi Coccidioides immitis or Coccidioides posadasii. Most infections are asymptomatic or result in self-limited pneumonia; extrapulmonary dissemination via either hematogenous or lymphatic spread is rare. Here, we present a case of cervical C. immitis lymphadenitis that resulted in fistula formation to the esophagus via mediastinal extension. This case highlights a very unusual extrapulmonary manifestation of coccidioidomycosis, the difficulty in diagnosing coccidioidal infection when it is not suspected, and the importance of obtaining a thorough exposure history to assist with diagnosis...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27102664/pet-ct-first-line-examination-to-assess-disease-extent-of-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis
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Jason Foerter, John Sundell, Penny Vroman
Coccidioidomycosis is an infection caused by inhalation of the Coccidioides fungus. Most infections remain subclinical or are confined to the pulmonary system. Disseminated disease is rare. Traditionally, a combination of imaging modalities has been used to determine disease extent. We suggest (18)F-FDG PET/CT as a single first-line imaging examination to assess disease extent. We present a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis to the lung, mediastinum, soft tissues, and skeletal system. To our knowledge, no prior case reports demonstrate such widespread disease using PET/CT...
September 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
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